The Leadership Team of EAD has chosen a two-part path forward and we are excited to invite you to support and walk with us. Those two components of our work throughout 2024 will include focusing our attention on a strategic planning process to envision EAD’s bold future—while also organizing a smaller, focused EAD “summit” to keep EAD in the minds (and calendars) of our sponsor organizations and advocates. The title of the May 17-19 event is “Faith in Action: Advancing Human Rights and Peace for All” and it is an in-person event.

Our attendees are eager to gather in person to connect with their peers, especially in this election year. The 2024 EAD Spring Summit will include advocacy training for new and growing participant categories (seminary students, young adults) and will offer a chance for those who work with domestic and international priorities to connect and share. Ultimately, we want the universal voice of God, one of compassion, justice and peace, to be lifted during these challenging times.


Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Our goal, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen our Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.

When you look at the program, you will notice that the program is different from past years. This in-person event is not holding multiple ‘tracks’ on different issue areas, but rather it offers 2-part workshop series in each of the following issue areas: domestic, environmental justice, and international.

The Africa Faith and Justice Network is sponsoring the following International workshop:

  • “Reforming the U.N. Security Council: Bridging Gaps for Global Inclusion”
    • Part 1: Panel Discussion
      Saturday, May 18, 9 to 10 a.m.
    • Part 2: Brainstorming Advocacy Session
      Saturday, May 18, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    • Background: Despite representing 4.3 billion people, Africa and other emerging economies remain excluded from the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the world’s premier decision-making body on human rights and global peace. Recent conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East have reignited long-smoldering global demands for its reform . The U.S. and other UNSC permanent members have expressed openness to reforms, but their commitment is doubtful. This workshop will unpack the need, benefits and barriers to expanding UNSC.